The 2018 Grammy Awards saw music industry legends, white roses and … Hillary Clinton?
A little more than halfway through last night’s show, host James Corden introduced the Grammy given to the best spoken word album each year.
“We know that our current president does love winning awards and the good news is he may just be the subject of next year’s winner,” Corden said. “The question I’ve got is, who’ll be the narrator?”
Then he cut to a clip of celebs auditioning to narrate none other than Michael Wolff’s “Fire and Fury.” These auditions included readings from John Legend, Cher, Snoop Dog, DJ Khaled (with lots of rap horns, of course) and Cardi B. (And yes, Cardi B’s reading was just as hilarious as you’d think.)
The last person to have a go hid behind the “Fire and Fury” cover. It only took a few seconds to recognize both the voice and the hairline — cue Hillary Clinton.
Reading an excerpt about Trump’s love of McDonalds, she lowered the book to expose her face, and the Grammy crowd went wild. She did such a good job at narrating that Corden told her the Grammy was “in the bag.” See for yourself:
On the hunt for a GRAMMY Award of his own, James Corden auditions celebrities for the spoken word version of Michael Wolff’s “Fire and Fury.” pic.twitter.com/SjTobAbv2N
— The Late Late Show with James Corden (@latelateshow) January 29, 2018
“She kind of took a couple of days to say ‘yes,’ but ultimately she saw the script, she knew what we were doing and she liked it,” Grammys Executive Producer Ken Ehrlich said.
Immediately, Twitter exploded with a mix of reactions. There were people who loved the cameo from Clinton, who actually won a Grammy in 1997 for her reading of “It Takes a Village.”
This was all I needed to get me through to November. Thank you @2018Grammys
— ⭐️ LiterallyJen ⭐️ (@Ayyyybeebee) January 29, 2018
— Im?45 (@R35I5T) January 29, 2018
— Dr. Dena Grayson (@DrDenaGrayson) January 29, 2018
But others weren’t too amused.
According to FOX, Ehrlich acknowledged that not everyone appreciated it, and said that even so, he stands by what they did.
Some accused Clinton of trying to avert attention away from the New York Times report released Friday alleging that she chose not to fire a 2008 presidential campaign advisor accused of sexual harassment.
Donald Trump Jr. quickly denounced Clinton’s jab at his father: “The more Hillary goes on television the more the American people realize how awesome it is to have @realDonaldTrump in office #GrammyAwards2018.”
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) January 29, 2018
Nikki Haley, the United States Ambassador to the U.N., also tweeted her disapproval: “I have always loved the Grammys but to have artists read the Fire and Fury book killed it. Don’t ruin great music with trash. Some of us love music without the politics thrown in it.”
I have always loved the Grammys but to have artists read the Fire and Fury book killed it. Don’t ruin great music with trash. Some of us love music without the politics thrown in it.
— Nikki Haley (@nikkihaley) January 29, 2018
The president himself has yet to respond — but we can wait. Or maybe, just maybe, he’ll let this one slide.
I. Cannot. WAIT. For the twitterstorm that’s going to occur roughly 7 hours from now from our dear leader @realDonaldTrump.
— SnarkNewsSource (@SnarkNewsSource) January 29, 2018